Wingless Wonders

Lighter-than-air technology is a lot like the game Go. It is easy to learn, but very hard to master. Many countries tried the technology, but only a few managed to master it. By far the largest number of rigid airships were built by Germany. On the other hand, the...
The Anaconda Project, Episode Eight

The Anaconda Project, Episode Eight

After they left the restaurant—or “café,” rather—Piccolomini glanced up at the sky, which had grown leaden. “Snowing soon,” he said, reaching up and drawing his cloak around him more tightly. Von Mercy followed suit. The temperature wasn't...
The Anaconda Project, Episode Seven

The Anaconda Project, Episode Seven

“So, what you think?” asked Piccolomini. The Italian general from Florence who was now in Austrian service raised his cup. The man sitting across from him at the round little table in the small but very crowded restaurant frowned down at the cup in front of him....
Hallelujah, Part One

Hallelujah, Part One

Magdeburg - July, 1634 "It's here! It's here!" The three men looked around as Marla Linder burst through the door. Next moment, she laid an oblong package on the table in front of them. "What is here?" Franz Sylwester asked his wife. The inevitable smile crossed his...
High Road to Venice

High Road to Venice

Merton Smith rolled his wheel chair over to the phone and called up the weather service. "Hi, Dan. How's it look for a flight to Venice?" "Not horrible. The reports from the weather stations are mostly in. There is a warm front that was moving in from the west but it...
Turn Your Radio On, Episode One

Turn Your Radio On, Episode One

PrologueApril 1634, Grantville, State of Thuringia-Franconia, United States of Europe "Der Kronz" was in an exuberant mood as he walked into the Voice of America offices, whistling an up-timer tune by the name of "Do the Hustle" and without a care in the world. That...
The Royal and Ancient Game

The Royal and Ancient Game

St Andrews Scotland, Winter 1634 James O'Fehl, the butler of Ramsay Manor, wearily tugged open the heavy wooden door to Andrew's bedchamber. He could see faint streaks of morning light through gaps in the drawn draperies. Andrew was sleeping soundly in the center of...
First Impressions

First Impressions

The pickpocket thought he had spotted an easy mark. First of all, he could tell from the fellow's clothing that he was a foreigner. So he wouldn't get the same kind of help if he raised a hue and cry that a citizen would. Secondly, he was at the fair selling...